HOW TO: Make flavorful, refreshing fruit, vegetable & herb infused water drinks

by 07/04/15   filed under: healthy recipe, how-to, recipe

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Umbilical cord milking found to increase blood flow and blood pressure in preterm babies born via C-section

by 07/03/15   filed under: green baby, green maternity, health & body, news

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Having a premature baby can be a stressful situation for a variety of reasons, with one concern being a particular type of brain hemorrhage believed to be caused by low blood pressure. The latest research, published in Pediatrics, shows that for preterm babies born via C-section, a procedure known as umbilical cord milking may help provide better blood circulation in the brain and body, increase blood pressure, increase the amount of hemoglobin in the baby’s blood, and lower the baby’s risk of bleeding in the brain cavities as compared to delayed cord clamping. Umbilical cord milking involves grasping the unclamped umbilical cord and pushing the blood toward the newborn over the course of 20 seconds. Delayed cord clamping, a more passive procedure in which the umbilical cord is not clamped for 45-60 seconds after birth instead of immediately, allowing for the transfusion of iron-rich placental blood from mother to baby, has been a commonly used technique to help preemies. The study found no reported difference in blood flow or blood pressure between the two procedures for babies born vaginally.

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Lock-Nesters: A new kind of puzzle that forms a three-dimensional object when comprised

by 07/03/15   filed under: gadget, green toys

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14 eco-friendly, toddler-proof decor items for design-savvy parents

by 07/03/15   filed under: eco decor, eco toddler, green design, green family, green kids, green toys, kid friendly

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A mother photographs her sons relishing a slow summer in the Polish countryside

by 07/02/15   filed under: art

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Revised pediatrician guidelines enable doctors to take an active role in preventing childhood obesity

by 07/02/15   filed under: food, green family, green kids, health & body, kids health, parenting

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The rates of childhood obesity have more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents over the past 30 years, with nearly 32% of young people between the ages of 2 and 19 years-old found to be either overweight or obese. The American Academy of Pediatricians is encouraging physicians to take a more active role in preventing childhood obesity by offering doctor guidelines to help families before a child’s weight problem becomes critical. Previously, the approach towards childhood obesity had been largely treatment-related since, according to pediatrician and chair of the AAP Section on Obesity Stephen Pont, “a doctor’s intervention may be significantly delayed because most health insurance plans do not recognize childhood obesity as a medical condition, and therefore will not pay for its treatment unless the child develops serious complications.” The newly revised guidelines urge doctors to adopt an active role in advising a family-focused approach to healthy living, including choosing healthful snacks and drinks, locating and utilizing local, nutritious sources of food, encouraging children to partake in at least 60 minutes of exercise a day, limiting screen time, and making sure children get adequate sleep. The guidelines point out that instilling healthy behaviors before a child’s health begins to suffer is more effective than waiting to treat a child and attempting to reverse damaging habits later on. The family-centered approach could also have the added bonus of the entire family adopting a more sustainable, supportive, healthful lifestyle.

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This is what your newborn sees when he looks at you

by 07/02/15   filed under: green baby, kids health, news, parenting

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From the moment babies open their eyes, we coo, we hover, we make silly faces and noises. And while we’ve been told that baby’s vision is limited and generally only able to discern light from dark in the beginning, it’s never been quite clear how much these little bundles of joy can actually see through their squinting eyes. A new study published in the Journal of Vision uses an innovative approach to determine how several varied facial expressions would appear to an infant. The researchers claim that one key component of their study is that they used a looped video of the changing facial expressions instead of still images, which have typically been used in past vision studies.

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WIN a twin size organic cotton mattress worth $494!

by 07/01/15   filed under: contest, eco toddler, green family, green kids, sleeping

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Sleep. It’s no doubt one of the biggest topics on your radar as a parent. How much or how little sleep you and your kids are getting, co-sleeping, sleeping through the night, big kid beds… you get the idea. But a not so discussed topic is what kind of mattress are you sleeping on, and is it nontoxic? We spend 1/3 of our lifetime in bed, so slipping into slumber on a natural mattress will eliminate prolonged exposure to the dangerous cocktail of chemicals that are embedded in conventional mattresses. We know how important a safe sleep environment is, and one that’s free from off gassing materials, so we’re giving one lucky Inhabitots reader a twin-sized Pure Echo mattress valued at $494! The Pure Echo mattress is a medium-firm mattress comprised of GOTS certified organic cotton and Joma wool that serves as a fire barrier — so it meets all flame retardant standards without any of the toxic chemicals inherent in traditional beds.

BONUS: Inhabitots readers can visit My Green Mattress today to take advantage of a special promotion: get $75 off any mattress when you use the code INHABITOTS$75.

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1. SIGN UP FOR THE MY GREEN MATTRESS NEWSLETTER (Note: Scroll down to the bottom of the page)

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling us what you like best about the Pure Echo Mattress and why you should be the lucky winner of an organic, green mattress.

Due to popular demand, we are happy to announce that we are extending the deadline to 7/8/2015 11:59PM EST. We want to give our loyal readers, friends, and family the opportunity to win this organic cotton mattress and have a better night’s sleep!

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HOW TO: Make homemade organic fruit swirl tie-dye popsicles

HOW TO: Make homemade organic fruit swirl tie-dye popsicles

Swirl Tie-Dye Popsicle Ingredients 2 cups of your favorite organic yogurt. You can use plain or vanilla flavored. For the pops you see throughout this post, I used organic vanilla soy…

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HOW TO: Make elegant raw zucchini rolls filled with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes

HOW TO: Make elegant raw zucchini rolls filled with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes

1. Gather the ingredients For sunflower seeds pate: 1 cup of unroasted sunflower seeds 1 spoonful of sprouts 4 spoonfuls of olive oil 3 spoonfuls of lemon juice 3 tsp of apple…

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Mom shares amazing photo of dyed placenta to show the miracle of her triplets' survival

Mom shares amazing photo of dyed placenta to show the miracle of her triplets' survival

An Australian mother of newborn triplets shared a photo on Facebook of her babies’ placenta to illustrate how the amazing organ supported the lives of her little ones in utero. Her…

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California Governor signs strict law which makes vaccines mandatory for all school children

California Governor signs strict law which makes vaccines mandatory for all school children

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a controversial mandatory vaccination bill into law today, June 30th, making California only the third state in the nation to enact such…

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10 breathtaking tree canopies & natural tunnels that look like scenes from a fairy tale

10 breathtaking tree canopies & natural tunnels that look like scenes from a fairy tale

1. Wisteria Tunnel – Japan In late April and early May, Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu, Japan, becomes a magical fairy land. Wisteria is an ornamental vine not-so-distantly…

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Luona Handmade's serene, wooden range of indoor/outdoor furniture provides soothing spaces for your family

Luona Handmade's serene, wooden range of indoor/outdoor furniture provides soothing spaces for your family

Materials These unique furniture and indoor space pieces are made of softwood plywood and spruce timber and board höyläpintaisena. The materials used for outdoor pieces are spruce…

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This 20 month-old baby started rock climbing before she could even walk

This 20 month-old baby started rock climbing before she could even walk

We’ve all heard the phrase: “You need to learn how to walk before you can run,” but for one (really) little lady in Arizona, the phrase needs some modification. Ellie…

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Kids can soar into dreamland as superheroes with DC Comics organic sleepwear from Hanna Andersson

Kids can soar into dreamland as superheroes with DC Comics organic sleepwear from Hanna Andersson

Superhero loving kiddos will adore the new DC Comics sleepwear from Hanna Anderson. Made sustainably with Oeko-Tex certified 100% organic cotton, kids can channel their inner Batman,…

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HOW TO: Make a vegan roulade filled with colorful, mesmerizing veggie swirls

HOW TO: Make a vegan roulade filled with colorful, mesmerizing veggie swirls

1. Gather the ingredients 1 puff pastry shell 2 zucchinis 3 carrots 1 eggplant a cup of sweet potato mash 2 tbsp of mustard fresh rosemary a drizzle of olive oil salt and…

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"The Man with the Golden Arm" has saved the lives of 2 million babies by donating his blood weekly for the past 60 years

"The Man with the Golden Arm" has saved the lives of 2 million babies by donating his blood weekly for the past 60 years

When James Harrison was just 14 years-old, he received a life-saving blood transfusion during an invasive chest surgery. His father, a blood donor, encouraged him to pay it forward when…

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